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The "Santa Maria"

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This vessel was the flagship of Columbus on his voyage of discovery,from Palos southwestern Spain via the Canary Islands to the New World.The expedition crossed the Atlantic in 36 days and made landfall on the island of San Salvador on October 12, 1492.
Replicas of all three of Columbus ' ships were constructed to commem-orate the 500th anniversary of his voyage. Since 1992 they have been touring ports around the world as ambassadors of good will for Spain. 

Text and images are provided by Tamkang University Maritime Museum